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I heard its gone.....just about completely filled in and they are not fixing it??? a rumor for now. Hoping someone from that area has more insight
 

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I heard its gone.....just about completely filled in and they are not fixing it??? a rumor for now. Hoping someone from that area has more insight
We better hope it just a rumor. The boat traffic in Double Creek and Oyster Creek is brutal on the weekends. The thought of everyone using just Oyster Creek is absolutely terrifying!!! ...compounded by people that will insist on drifting for fluke across the channel!!!
Hope we know some facts soon!!!
GOA :confused:
 

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Word up here is that they only marked part of it and the shallow dog leg westward was not marked and will not be.... I have not gone out in the boat yet to see
 

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First the inlet is gonna be all messed up with the north jetty repair and now the channel is not gonna be fixed this should be a real fun season with boat traffic.
 

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Double creek channel is only marked from the Oyster Creek channel entrance to half way across the bay (buoy 14/15), in between 14/15 are 2 danger shallow water buoys. I went thru based on last years marks and had no issues bumping. You still have 6 feet until the turn when it gets to about 2.5/3 feet. I was in a 30ft twin outboard boat.
 

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Double creek channel is only marked from the Oyster Creek channel entrance to half way across the bay (buoy 14/15), in between 14/15 are 2 danger shallow water buoys. I went thru based on last years marks and had no issues bumping. You still have 6 feet until the turn when it gets to about 2.5/3 feet. I was in a 30ft twin outboard boat.
Capt.,at what point was the tide ?
 

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ATTENTION BOATERS:
Double Creek Inlet Channel Closed Because of Navigation Hazards in Barnegat Bay, Ocean County -- Boaters directed to use Oyster Creek Channelto access Barnegat Bay
(Trenton) – The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced that navigational buoys in the Double Creek Inlet Channel in Barnegat Bay, Ocean County, have been removed due to severe post-Superstorm Sandy shoaling in the channel that has created a severe navigation hazard and an unsafe channel condition.
All boaters should use the Federal Oyster Creek Channel (buoy markers #35 to #40) as the primary entrance into Barnegat Bay, although extreme shifting sediment is affecting the entirety of the Bay. Boaters also may reference U.S. Coast Pilot #3 for additional information on the shifting sediments in the area. The Double Creek Inlet Channel remains marked from the inlet side to the fishing grounds (old buoy set 15 and 16) to allow boaters to fish the area.
In March, NJDOT announced the start of a multi-year, multi-million dollar State Channel Dredging Program that will begin to return New Jersey’s waterways affected by Superstorm Sandy to a state of good repair.
As part of the planning and engineering for the expected dredging of the Double Creek Channel later this year, the NJDOT Office of Maritime Resources (OMR) found extreme siltation and shifting sediments were severely affecting management efforts in the inlet area.
To address the critical situation, the Department is working with the State Police Marine Services Bureau, Island Beach State Park officials and State and Federal agencies to determine what priority dredging can and should take place as soon as possible. Dredge material placement in the area is restricted to protect important bird nesting habitats. The priority dredging work is expected to be done in phases.
To address post-Sandy dredging needs, NJDOT is working with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Engineer Research and Development Center to coordinate inlet management and determine a best channel and dredged material management strategy. NJDOT has enlisted the assistance of the Richard Stockton College Coastal Research Center to provide expert guidance and monitoring of sand shifting in the inlet area.


 

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...and now more good news...

I just saw a drawing that came from a group called the "Fish Hawks" of Oyster Creek Channel. Jim at Townsend's marina gave me a copy. They did soundings from BI to #32.

I used to cut around buoy #38 when heading towards the inlet. Apparently most of those buoy's on the North side have had the water shoaled up around them. If I follow my GPS lines, I will be aground before I hit the channel. At low tide after 3 days of westerly winds, they marked it 2' deep. Buoy 40 apparently only has 50' (wide)of good water opposite that buoy.

Looks like we are in for a fun season in this channel.

Frank
 

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Don't bet on it, heard a woman in a kayak broke her wrist at the turn. Hit one ft. of water. Paddling way to hard!!!
 

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Rivive this one

Curious if anybody is still using Double Crk channel from it's entrance to the inlet, even though it's "closed".
TY,Jim
 

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We used it Sunday , there are no channel markers from the middle of the bay to the two hazzard bouys ,we were good high tide and local knowledge ,bigger boats might have a tougher time especially this weekend with the Holiday Hoodlums and jetski jokers out churning up the water. Oyster Creek channel will be a nightmare too.
 

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Ive used to a bunch of times. The entrance from the west is very shallow. You have about a foot of water at best at low tide once you get past it the channel has good water.
 
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